Oksana G. is divorced and has two daughters. She is an entrepreneur from Ivano-Frankivsk who makes a living selling clothing in a local marketplace in her home town. The items she sells include terrycloth robes, pullovers, sweaters and jackets.
Oksana started her business 12 years ago, after she had been downsized out of a job at a manufacturing company. She decided to try her luck in business and has been very successful. Currently, Oksana has one employee. Her monthly profit comes to about 7,000 UAH.
Oksana is applying for a loan for 16,000 UAH to pay rent for the kiosk and purchase 70 jackets and 50 bathrobes to sell to her customers. She lives with her younger daughter and dreams of some day being able to buy her a home.
About HOPE Ukraine
HOPE International, a Christian faith-based non-profit organization, has been operating in Ukraine since 1997. HOPE Ukraine was the organization’s first international venture. In addition to its core microfinance activities, HOPE also supports an active children's ministry in Ukraine in the form of “Tomorrow Clubs,” after-school programs that teach children the gospel through games, skits and songs.